Morrison future looks mapped out


Ravel 2Ravel Morrison’s future looks likely to be at Queens Park Rangers if the Harry Redknapp-managed outfit make it back to the Premier League.

 However, there remains an outside chance the brilliant midfielder could be drafted back into the Upton Park fold should the current talk of uncertainty over Sam Allardyce’s future prove to be correct and result in his departure.

 ClaretandHugh has learned that the England under 21 was being pursued by eight clubs ahead of his January loan move to Loftus Road.

 Among the Championship clubs keen to take him on loan were the two leaders Leicester City and Burnley, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Reading.

 However, the England under-21’s advisers plumped for Rangers on account of the Redknapp factor who has a great record with players who have encountered career problems.

 And were the former Spurs and West Ham boss to lead the Hoops back to the Premier League at the first attempt, Morrison and his agents would be very happy to seal a permanent deal.

 A source close to the player told CandH: “It’s difficult to see him signing a new deal with things as they are but were there to be certain changes, a new deal could happen.

 “However, at the moment the feeling among his advisory team is that a couple of years first team football at Loftus Road would set him  up perfectly for a move to a top four club where there’s no lack of interest already.

 Rav has had a big impact over the eight games he has played on loan at the club, scoring five goals to help push the team into third place after a depressing run.

 Redknapp enjoys the player but is careful not to enter into any long term predictions and told us exclusively: “He’s a fine player and I’m grateful to West Ham and Sam Allardyce for letting him come here.

 “But it would be wrong to talk about the summer. He is West Ham United player and all the decisions are theirs.”

Allardyce’s future is being discussed as ‘uncertain’ even should the Hammers – as now seems certain – beat relegation.

Regular reports have surfaced over the last two days that co owners David Gold and David Sullivan may look to change and freshen things up in the summer.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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